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Loch Ken Holiday Park, Castle Douglas, DG7 3NE | Telephone 01644 470 282

LOCH KEN HOLIDAY PARK is  on the shores of Loch Ken in the Galloway Forest Park, amidst beautiful countryside. It is a quiet, rural camping and caravan park. The camp-site occupies ten acres on the boundary of the Bryson family farm of six hundred acres.  In 2018 we added four brand-new caravan holiday homes to our hire fleet;  these have been specially chosen for their furnishings and outdoor decking and are positioned on the water-front to have views over Loch Ken and the Galloway hills. 

Accessibility: We have self-catering which is weelchair accessible.  Please ask us for details.

Open:  All year
Adjacent to the park are the RSPB Ken-Dee Marshes bird reservation, the “Galloway Kite Trail” , the kite feeding station in Laurieston and the Galloway Forest Park with its 300 square miles of beautiful, green forest and heather-clad hills, a wealth of wildlife, and two of the 7stanes mountain biking centres, Glentrool and Kirroughtree, which offer our visitors many opportunities to walk, climb, cycle and bird-watch. At night, it is also one of the best spots in the UK for stargazing with the naked eye, as it's the first Dark Sky Park in the UK and one of only two in Europe!

Among pursuits enjoyed on the Park and Loch Ken are fishing, sailing, water-skiing, cycling and walking.

Loch Ken Water Ski School and its marina, only one mile up the road, has a cutting-edge water-ski and wakeboard boat and a highly trained professional team, with activities including ringos, banana boating and speed boat trips.

The Galloway Activity Centre, also on the banks of Lock Ken 5 miles from our park, offers a wide range of outdoor activities on and off the water, to chose from Sailing, Windsurfing, Powerboating, Kayaking, Canoeing, Outdoor Laser Quest, Archery, Mountain Biking, Orienteering, Climbing/Abseiling and more...

There are some friendly nine- and eighteen-hole golf courses nearby.

The fishing is excellent, and many fishermen return each year to catch the famous Loch Ken pike, roach, bream and perch.

Parton is in the centre of Galloway with the delightful market "food town" of Castle Douglas, seven miles away, and the "art town" of Kirkcudbright fifteen miles away.

Self-Catering Holidays

Glamping:  At present we are undertaking research into what's best in the huge range of glamping pods. Keep an eye on the Loch Ken websitere for more informaiton.  .

After a day of activity you can look forward to retiring into the cosy shelter of your glamping pod!

Loch Ken Holiday Park invests in their letting fleet!

We are always investing in new caravan holiday homes; In the last year or so, we have bought several, including “Perch” No 8, “Roach” No 9, “Teal” No 11 and "Wigeon" No 12 have been replaced by 4 brand NEW 2018 Swift Moselle Super Deluxe 40’ x 12’ caravan holiday homes. They are beautifully positioned (No 9 “Roach” is pet friendly) with two bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin) or three bedrooms (1 double, 2 twin) and a lounge double. Central-heated and double-glazed, with integrated fridge/freezer and integrated microwave. These holiday homes have a bathroom with a large shower cubicle. And there is a fully fitted kitchen. The lounge has comfortable seating, dining table and chairs, and flat screen TV/DVD. The caravans have a large decking area with table and chairs to sit back, relax and enjoy the waterfront views.

“Pike” No 7 at the North end of the Caravan Park next to the Boat O' Rhone Bridge has been replaced by a  brand NEW 2014 Swift Moselle Super Deluxe 40' x 12' caravan holiday home. It is a peacefully positioned waterfront caravan holiday home with three bedrooms (1 double, 2 twins), central heated, double-glazed and integrated fridge/freezer. This holiday home has a bathroom with large shower cubicle and a fully fitted kitchen. The spacious lounge has comfortable seating, dining table and chairs, also wall mounted flat screen TV/DVD. It also has a large 'Super Decking' area with table and chairs to sit back, relax and enjoy the fantastic views over Loch Ken and Galloway Hills. This caravan holiday home is in the most wonderful private position, closest to the Old Railway, ideal for families and fishermen.

Our 4 beautiful caravan holiday homes are becoming increasinglypopular and have had many positive reviews amongst our customers since the start of the year. 

- Luxurious waterfront super deluxe and deluxe 2 & 3 bedroom holiday homes for hire. 
- Hardstanding waterfront touring and motorhome pitches with electric hook-ups
- An extensive tent field with electric hook-ups
- Seasonal heated toilet/shower block and new dishwashing facility in tent field
- Private disabled toilet and shower
- Heated toilet block with family rooms, power showers and hair dryers
- Laundry facility with washing and drying machines
- Two children’s play parks
- Football field
- Table Tennis Table
- Giant draughts & chess set
- Boats, kayaks, pedalos and SUP boards for hire
- Cricket set for hire
- Reception/grocery shop on park open daily
- 24hrs information room
- FREE WIFI throughout the park
- Excellent lochside fishing
- Boat launching facilities
- Pets are welcome
- Communal Herb Garden (Savoury & Aromatic)

Dumfries and Galloway covers an area of some 2,457 square miles. There are many different kinds of scenery found in the area - high heather-clad hills, swooping glens, lushious green woodlands, stunning lochs and some 200 miles of rugged coastline with many fine sandy beaches.

The region has a long and colourful history, is rich in archaeological sites, and has associations with many famous historic and literary figures. Within the region, the quiet country roads offer unhurried touring opportunities.

Robert Burns spent the last years of his life in Dumfries. He is buried in St Michael's churchyard in the town and the Burns centre beside the River Nith in Dumfries is worth visiting.

The Dumfries and Galloway Tourist Guide lists 115 places of special interest. Included are the early Christian 'Whithorn Excavations', 'Priory and Museum' - the site of the first Christian church in Scotland; Sweetheart Abbey, nineteen castles, including Drumlanrig, the home of The Duke of Buccleuch; and eight gardens including the National Trust Garden at Threave, Castle Douglas.

There are a number of bird sanctuaries, 'open' farms, countryside parks and forest walks, plus many museums, craft workshops, galleries and other attractions.

If you are coming with children there are plenty of nearby attractions for fun family days out. The Cream O' Galloway Ice Cream visitor Centre has ice cream tasting and indoor and outdoor activities for children, the Cocoabean Company where kids can make chocolate creations in interactive workshops or Mabie Farm Park that offers a range of fun, games and farm animals, perfect for all the family.

Dumfries and Galloway also hosts many special events throughout the year, there is the Big Burns Supper in January, the Wildlife Festival around Easter, DG Arts Festival in May - June, Spring Fling Art Festival in late May / early June and Flavour Fortnight in August / September just to name a few.

5 star small holiday park


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